Bedbugs with superbug found in Canada
Canadian scientists have discovered bedbugs with a staph superbug. The superbug can resist the impact of drugs and was found in bedbugs in Vancouver. There is no cause for alarm however. Bedbugs do not spread disease, but can lead to itching and scratching. Excessive scratching can break the skin, making individuals more vulnerable to germs.
The study is preliminary and small in size. The scientists were intrigued after noticing a boom in the number of bedbugs in an impoverished Vancouver neighborhood. They crushed five bedbugs and discovered a superbug named methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in them. MRSA can resist many common antibiotics, and is dangerous if it infiltrates the bloodstream.
Another drug-resistant bacteria called vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) was found in two other bedbugs. Both these superbugs are commonly found in hospitals, making the scientists worry about nurses and health care givers spreading them among the patients.
This latest study was released this week in a publication called Emerging Infectious Diseases, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.